Paragon Motorsports qualifying notes

Mclean-Scott to start V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon from 19th in Bathurst 1000. CAMERON McLean will start the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 on Sunday from 19th grid position in the V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8, after contesting a stunning qualifying...

Mclean-Scott to start V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon from 19th in Bathurst 1000.

CAMERON McLean will start the Bob Jane T-Marts 1000 on Sunday from 19th grid position in the V.I.P. Pet Foods Ford Falcon XR8, after contesting a stunning qualifying session at Bathurst today.

Thanks to overnight suspension changes, fresh Dunlop tyres and some gritty driving, McLean picked up more than 2.5 seconds over yesterday's practice to post a best time of 2 minutes 10.4261 on the 6.2 km Mount Panorama circuit.

This put the Brisbane-based Paragon Motorsport team in the faster half of the Ford runners, but the star Ford performer was John Bowe, who claimed the provisional pole with a breathtaking record lap of 2:08.3873.

"We're stunned at the pace. We made a huge gain with our car and put in a really good lap and we've ended up just inside the top 50 percent," said McLean, who finished fourth last year in a Dick Johnson Ford.

"However, we've probably seen the best of the times. The guys in the Top 15 Shootout tomorrow will find it hard to go as quick on just one flying lap and when we get to the race on Sunday I think the pace will settle back to around 2:12.00."

Without having to line up for the Top 15 qualifying tomorrow morning, the team has extra time to convert the V.I.P. Falcon to endurance specification for the race, which will be round 10 of the V8 Supercar Championship Series.

This afternoon they began fitting a fresh engine, gearbox, differential, tailshaft, axles and brake discs and will have the car ready for the final 60-minute practice session at 3.15 pm tomorrow.

With the engine running a slightly different tune, the session will be used not only to shakedown the new parts but also to calculate likely fuel consumption for the race.

It also will be devoted to seat time for co-driver Tony Scott, who has enjoyed only 10 laps over the past two days, after a three-year absence from the mountain.

"Tony's had only a few laps, but he's doing a great job," McLean said.

"He's got plenty of experience here and I think together we have a good chance on Sunday if we're able to stay clear of trouble."

The team must make a total of four compulsory pit stops for fuel and brake pads during the 161-lap race, but may in fact make more in a strategy to stay on the same lap as the leaders.

RESULTS (Qualifying):

19. Cameron McLean/Tony Scott (V.I.P. Pet Foods Falcon) 2:10.4261
1. John Bowe / Brad Jones (Falcon) 2:08.3873
2. Mark Skaife / Jim Richards (Commodore) 2:08.4047
3. Jason Bright / Tomas Mezera (Commodore) 2:09.0170
4. Steven Richards / Russell Ingall (Commodore) 2:09.1405
5. Craig Lowndes / Neil Crompton (Falcon) 2:09.3559
6. Max Wilson / Dean Canto (Falcon) 2:09.4655
7. Steve Ellery / Luke Youlden (Falcon ) 2:09.6381
8. Garth Tander / Jason Bargwanna (Commodore) 2:09.6631
9. Larry Perkins / Paul Dumbrell (Commodore) 2:09.6931
10. Todd Kelly / Greg Murphy (Commodore) 2:09.7464

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Series Supercars
Drivers Max Wilson , Garth Tander , Jason Bright , Neil Crompton , Greg Murphy , Russell Ingall , Jim Richards , Brad Jones , Dean Canto , Mark Skaife , Craig Lowndes , Jason Bargwanna , John Bowe , Todd Kelly , Luke Youlden , Paul Dumbrell , Cameron McLean , Larry Perkins , Bob Jane , Dick Johnson , Steven Richards